FARGO — Dozens of family, friends and hospital staff lined the hallways at Sanford Medical Center at noon Thursday, June 10, as Jupiter Paulsen was wheeled away in a ceremony to honor her as an organ donor.
The 14-year-old died from her injuries after being brutally attacked early on the morning of June 4. While Jupiter, whose birth name was Daisy Jade, donated her organs and tissues to help those in need, the suspect, 22-year-old Arthur Prince Kollie, remained in the Cass County Jail charged with murder in the apparently random stabbing of the teen.
Sanford officials said they released the video from the organ donor ceremony, known as an honor walk, to media outlets with the consent of Jupiter's family. It shows Jupiter with her eyes closed lying in a hospital bed as she's rolled down the hall into an elevator. A teddy bear and a colored comforter kept her company on her bed.
Few people spoke during the walk, and many had tears in their eyes as she was wheeled from her hospital room.
Jupiter’s father, Robert Paulsen, came up and pressed his forehead against hers, saying something behind a protective black mask. Then he kissed her forehead before other family members said their farewells and she was taken away.
On Wednesday, June 9, a Donate Life flag was hung at Sanford Medical Center in her honor, a tradition the hospital practices by working with LifeSource, an organization that specializes in organ donations.
Following the June 4 attack, Jupiter underwent surgery for her injuries, but was pronounced brain dead on June 8.
Family and friends described Jupiter as a girl with many talents. She was preparing to enter high school after graduating the eighth grade from Cheney Middle School. She was an artist, enjoyed poetry, loved nature and had just started working at a nearby Arby’s restaurant when she was killed.
A GoFundMe account to help with the family’s hospital bills had raised more than $47,000 from 1,100 donors as of Thursday afternoon.